Title race, Champions League place and battle for survival: it’s all to play for on the final day of the Premier League


Will Manchester City be crowned champions or Liverpool? Will Tottenham get the point they need to seal the final Champions League spot ahead of Arsenal? And will Leeds United stay up or Burnley?

After 10 drama-filled months in a season full of twists and turns, key questions remain unanswered ahead of the final day of the English Premier League season. At stake is the title, the bragging rights of being among Europe’s elite, a place in the next EPL season and a financial windfall in each case.

The title race is on the wire

Position Team PWDL GD Pts

1. Manchester City 37 28 6 3 72 90

2. Liverpool 37 27 8 2 25 89

Layouts: Manchester City versus Aston Villa; Liverpool v Wolves

Prize money for champions: $54.4 million (finalists: $51.7 million)

This season’s title race between Manchester City and Liverpool dates back to the 2018-19 season, when City edged Liverpool for the title by a single point on the final day of the season. On Sunday, history might repeat itself, but things might not be so simple. Pep Guardiola’s side lost points at West Ham in the previous game, opening a window for Liverpool to head them towards the post. But as Juergen Klopp said, it will be a surprise to see City drop points in consecutive matches.

It was Klopp’s way of minimizing Liverpool’s chances. Having already won the League Cup and FA Cup, Liverpool are chasing the elusive quadruple – with the Champions League final against Real Madrid scheduled for next Saturday – but even if they beat out-of-form Wolves they will have to count on club legend Steven Gerard, how Aston Villa manager, to steal at least a point from City.

The scenarios are simple:

1. If City win, the title is theirs;

2. If they draw or lose and Liverpool win, then Klopp’s side will be crowned champions;

3. If both teams draw or lose, the title will go to Manchester;

4. If City lose and Liverpool draw, both teams will have 90 points but City will be crowned champions as they have a better goal difference.

The fight for the CL place

Position Team PWDL GD Pts

4. Tottenham 37 21 5 11 24 68

5. Arsenal 37 21 3 13 9 66

Layouts: Norwich City v Tottenham; Arsenal v Everton

Champions League group stage qualification price: $19.1 million

With Chelsea drawing with Leicester City on Thursday night, they have all but secured 3rd place and the right to play in the Champions League next season.

With just one more Champions League berth up for grabs, Tottenham and Arsenal will be putting their all into action against Norwich and Everton, respectively. Spurs who have 68 points have a better chance of qualifying for Europe’s elite club football competition when they face an already relegated Norwich side. Meanwhile, Arsenal, who have 66 points, will host an Everton side who have seen a recent improvement in form.

Only a Spurs loss to Norwich can open a window for Arsenal, who will need to win to finish fourth. If Spurs win or draw, the final Champions League spot will be theirs.

The fight for survival

Position Team PWDL GD Pts

17. Burnley 37 7 14 16 -18 35

18. Leeds United 37 8 11 18 -38 35

Layouts: Burnley v Newcastle United; Brentford v Leeds United

Financial impact: The side that will be relegated will face an immediate hit of around £50million

On Thursday night, Everton staged a remarkable comeback to secure their place in the EPL next season. That leaves Leeds and Burnley fighting for survival.

Both clubs go into the final matchday of the season with 35 points, with Burnley holding a slight advantage due to their superior goal difference. Leeds travel to Brentford while Burnley host Newcastle.

With both sides desperate for three points, Leeds – winless in the last five matches – are in a tougher situation than Burnley due to their low goal difference of -38. If both teams win or play draws, Leeds will be the ones to go down due to the aforementioned goal difference.

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Only a win at Leeds and a loss at Burnley on Sunday can keep Los Blancos in the Premier League. Even though Leeds’ survival seems difficult, strange things have happened in the Premier League.


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